Recruiting Update: “At Dawn Look to the East …”

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Uttered by the mythical Lord of the Rings character Gandalf, “… Look(ing) to the East” has proven effective for another savior in head coach Dana Altman. Coming by way of Toronto, Canada, stretch forward Dillon Brooks (4-Star/Toronto, ON/Rivals150) committed to Oregon following an official visit last week.

For Dillon I think it was all about the opportunity at Oregon and what they presented,” said AAU coach Tony McIntyre. “The way the Ducks play, the playing time available, and just the overall opportunity to play at a school like Oregon in the conference they are in was too good.”

The 6-foot-7, 205 lb. forward is expected to reclassify academically as he graduated early and will undoubtedly suit up for the Ducks this upcoming season.

“He had done some work to get ahead of his credits in high school and was able to graduate early,” said McIntyre.

As hard-working off the court as he is on, Brooks could make an immediate impact for Altman as a versatile playmaker.

“I think going in, Oregon likes him out on the wing playing the two or the three mostly, but he can play the four, too.”

Brooks excels at finding ways to the rim and sticking to a play even when rough sailing comes his way. Early playing time and perhaps a starting role are both serious questions that Brooks will have the opportunity to address this fall. Don’t be surprised to see Brooks start the year on the floor when the Ducks open up the ’14-’15 season.

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Oregon’s already looking to add to the abundance of riches at the “TBA” position. Tabbed athletes are an Oregon staple and fitting the bill is emerging prep Marquise Doherty (4-Star/Kansas City, MO). Playing both sides of the ball at the high school level, Doherty’s effectiveness at myriad slots resonates well with the Duck brass.

“I’ve been talking with Oregon about coming up when they play Michigan State on [September] 6th,” said Doherty.

Already cutting down his list to five, Oregon’s chances to land the jack-of-all-trades seems to be rapidly improving as the Ducks are the only program outside of Doherty’s immediate area that is in consideration, stay tuned!

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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/EMT who is currently attending Paramedic School. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is an Oregon Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media.Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback.Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!"Twitter: @MarkDFlores

  • hokieduck

    Doherty looks like a Duck.